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#11 GracieBebe

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    Posted 16 December 2009 - 04:04 PM

    Also, the WPJA is a good place to search as many photographers are members there and show their work there.
    - Grace
    Location - Chateau de Challain, Challain la Potherie, France
    Engagement Date - Sept. 6, 2008
    Wedding Date - Sept. 9, 2009
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    #12 *Lo*

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      Posted 16 December 2009 - 04:23 PM

      I found mine through a shortlist that someone posted on this site of photographers they had checked out and ended up getting the one that they were going with!


      Is the link. It's not an extensive list I just didn't know where to start and loved having a list to check out first!

      You can also read some photographer reviews posted on the forum which I found really helpful as well.

      #13 TammyB

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        Posted 16 December 2009 - 04:31 PM

        When I was searching for a photographer, I actually found one that was referred to me by someone of this forum. We have so many reviews on photographers on here, I'd start there.

        #14 dolfinluck

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          Posted 16 December 2009 - 04:39 PM

          Originally Posted by GracieBebe
          Also, the WPJA is a good place to search as many photographers are members there and show their work there.
          I found my on WPJA, i wanted someone located in nj so i could meet them in person and are flying them down which can be cheaper than getting someone local.

          #15 jaredrey

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            Posted 16 December 2009 - 05:10 PM

            Everyone has given great tips so far! Best thing is to find people who have used a photographer before and get recommendations. Very helpful to have a forum like this to ask the opinions of past brides who have used photographer on this board. I agree to say that there are some really talented photographer in the vendor marketplace. Just figure out your budget and start e-mailing some of those vendors and you can see what you can afford. I know there are some free give-aways in the vendor marketplace and other photographers looking to build their portfolio and giving discounts to their first few DW brides. Go give it a look!

            #16 Princess402

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              Posted 16 December 2009 - 05:34 PM

              It sounds like photography is very important to you - I can totally relate!

              When I picked my photographer I thought I was going to the Dominican Republic, and to be honest there just are not a lot of great local photographers in the DR! So I started looking into bringing a photographer... looked at some of the vendors on here, and photgraphers who had shot other brides wedding pics on here that I liked. To be honest, I started getting a little overwhelmed with my options - I mean do you know how many great photographers there are in North America!?!

              So I narrowed down my search to my local area because I figured if I was going to bring someone with me to stay with my wedding group at our resort and be such a huge part of my wedding, I want to meet this person and make sure I like them! Also, a bonus would be that someone local to me could also do our engagement shoot. I just started searching online (google, etc.) for Vancouver photographers and absolutely fell in love with Michael Wachniak's work. AND he fits my budget (well, close enough, lol). Plus he's a really nice guy, super enthusiastic, and very reasonable and flexible.

              I would say that you should investigate local photographer options once you pick your location. But if that doesn't pan out, see if you can find a good photographer in your hometown that you can bring with you, or search the forum for photographer vendors (we have some very talented ones!) or who other brides have used and recommend. Keep an eye out too to see if any other brides are bringing a photographer to your resort or area around the same time you will be there as you might be able to split travel costs and save you both $$ on a great photographer!

              Good luck with your search :)

              #17 Dianna

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                Posted 16 December 2009 - 05:52 PM

                Welcome and congrats Amy!! Many brides find destination photographers on Beach Weddings & Destination Weddings in The Caribbean website, especially if you are going to the Caribbean or on Google. Then make sure to check out their sample galleries onteh own websites. You really want soemone with experience with travel, sunset locations and wedding timing. Most of all, someone who you "connect" with because they will be with you the entire day and you want to have fun ! :) Best wishes and happy planning.

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